Hong Kong financing forum accepting films

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HONG KONG -- Film submissions for the sixth Hong Kong-Asia Film Financing Forum, organized by the Hong Kong International Film Festival and co-organized by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council and the MPA, are now being accepted, the HKIFF announced Thursday.

The call for HAF submissions comes hot on the heels of the Hong Kong Film Development Council's announcement Tuesday that they are inviting applications for the HK$300 million ($38.4 million) Film Development Fund they are in charge of administering to small- to medium-budget productions.

HAF is one of the core events of Hong Kong's Entertainment Expo and is designed to connect Asian filmmakers with film financiers, producers, bankers, distributors, buyers and funders for co-production ventures.

HAF promotes new talent as well as helping established directors. Past participants in the program have included China's Jiang Wen, Hong Kong's Stanley Kwan, Ann Hui, Pang Ho Cheung, Taiwan's Tsai Ming-Liang, Japan's Miike Takashi, Korea's IM Sang-Soo as well as Thailand's Pen-ek Ratanaruang.

"HAF successfully lined up different filmmakers, investors, critics, columnists as well as media and formed a gathering to facilitate mutual understanding and information exchanges," said sixth-generation Chinese director and previous HAF participant Jia Jiangke. Jiangke won the Golden Lion at the 2006 Venice Film Festival for "Still Life."

HAF is an international partner of the Rome Film Festival, which invited three filmmakers with HAF projects to participate in the Rome festival's New Cinema Network program in October.

Other international partners include CineMart and the Hubert Bals Fund of Rotterdam, HK Film Awards, Paris Cinema, Pusan Promotion Plan, J-Pitch of UniJapan and associated partners include Festival de Cannes, the Producers Network and Marche du Film.
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